Top Stories for Tuesday April 25, 2006
Dog Team Tavern In Its Sixth Decade
By Dale Piper
This year Addison County's foremost culinary landmark enters its sixth decade as a country inn, although its actual age dates back to the 1920s. At that time, Sir Wilfred Grenfell and his wife, Lady Anne Grenfell, operated a mission serving Labrador and Newfoundland. In addition to ministering to the population's spiritual and medical needs (Sir Wilfred was a physician as well as a missionary), they taught the people to produce local crafts, particularly hooked mats and rugs that depicted life in that unforgiving clime. Lady Anne built and operated what is now the Dog Team Tavern as a teahouse and shop where the handicrafts were sold for the benefit of the people struggling to survive. Now known as Grenfell Mats, these works of folk art are prized by collectors worldwide. [ more ]
Bridport And Cornwall will Decide Whether To Form States 2nd Insect Control District
By Ed Barna
The fate of millions will hang in the balance Tuesday, as Bridport and Cornwall voters decide whether to form an anti-mosquito coalition similar to the Insect Control District that for two decades has helped Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury and Goshen.
Bad mosquito years had impelled those two towns and Weybridge to look at the possibility of either joining the BLSG group or starting their own district, though Weybridge decided against pursuing the matter for now. Bridport and Salisbury formed a joint committee to look into the issue, headed by Bridport's Tom Vanacore, and Tuesday's vote in the two towns will culminate their investigative process. [ more ]
Influx Immigrant Farm Worker Makes Up For Loss Of Vt Farm Labor Service
By Ed Barna
No one familiar with dairy farming has been surprised by the appearance of Mexican farm workers, to accompany the Jamaican apple pickers whose diligence is critical to the harvesting of that crop each fall. Some observers wonder if the question now is whether they will stay on the farms with construction companies also desperate to find more workers.
For at least two decades, the difficulty of finding reliable, knowledgeable hired help to cover during illnesses, emergencies and time off has been second only to milk prices in convincing dairy farmers to sell their cows. The increased need to have at least one family member work outside the farm (milk prices have stayed the same while expenses have soared) and the decrease in average family size have added to the pressure, among other factors. [ more ]
Champlain Valley Equipment Open House
Addison County Representatives Harvey Smith and Connie Houston attended the Annual Open House at Champlain Valley Equipment on April 22nd. Once again over 700 customers & friends were in attendance. [ more ]